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A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
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It's been a day and a half since watching Walkabout. Normally I come and write my thoughts down right away, but this one has given me fits with how to express them.
A brother and sister, stranded and left in the outback, try and survive after running into an aborigine during his 'walkabout' - where on his 16th birthday he must go and live in the wildnerness surviving off the natural means of the earth. It's a very simple tale yet shown to us so poetically that it begs you to reflect on your own life.
Director Nicholas Roeg shows us what surviving in the wilderness of the Australian outback can feel like, and in such a natural beautiful way.…
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Walkabout is a fantastic coming-of-age film that pits western repression against primitive freedom. Roeg's film follows a teenage girl and her young brother as they travel through the Australian outback. The two children maintain their school uniforms and attempt to act civilized despite their current situation; the sister continuously scolds her brother about getting his coat dirty. Roeg opens the film by contrasting scenes of modern society, which are busy and mechanical, with scenes of the natural beauty of the outback. A marvellous shot tracks across a brick wall and ends looking out into a vast and beautiful landscape. Roeg makes it obvious that the core argument in his film is nature versus civilization.…
A teenage girl and her younger brother are driven out into the middle of the Australian outback by their father, under the presumption of having a picnic, when suddenly he goes mad and tries to kill them before setting the car on fire and killing himself. The two are then left to wander hopelessly through the wilderness, forced to live off the land. And so goes Nicolas Roeg's highly regarded Walkabout, a film which opens with a title card explaining the so-named Aboriginal rite of passage, where a male member of the tribe is sent off at a certain age to do just that very thing.
Walkabout is a very binary film, obvious in its civilization/nature dichotomy to the point…
While I haven't quite successfully fallen head-over-heels in love with any of Nicolas Roeg's individual films yet, the one thing that I have consistently loved is that he has a very creative sense of style. His unique photography and editing manage to oscillate between serenely beautiful and roughly jarring, a technical range not many filmmakers are capable of. He also consistently succeeds in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic medium, contrasting images and forcing us to draw our own conclusions from them.
This continues in Walkabout. Roeg crosscuts between the death of a kangaroo in the wild and a butcher chopping meat in his shop. He layers images on top of each other as if in a dissolve, but instead…
A movie about survival and the lack of communication, gives you one more reason too hate white girls.
Pelicula extraña sobre una pareja de niños que se ven sobreviviendo en el desierto australiano con la ayuda de un aborigen. Escenas casi tipo documental, aunque sin abandonar el tono surrealista de la trama y situación. A destacar la soberbia música de John Barry.
I love this film. I love every god damn frame.
It's one of my favourite films ever, like Paris Texas and badlands (my no.2 and 3 favourite) it contains a journey. In all three a journey takes place after which a blind eye could think they haven't changed at all.
Not the case no siree no indeed Walkabout features two characters, one 16 ish girl the other her child brother, both with their haughty British accents perhaps ones foreigners see as stereotypically 'British' One could consider why they live in Australia. This is by no means an acute or definitive observation but there exists something within the British psyche that years for wilderness.
You can see it in Wuthering Heights.…
My first Nicolas Roeg and the first in a long time that has had me incredibly excited to check out the rest of a director's filmography. My god this was breathtaking.
Roeg has prior to filmmaking worked as a cinematographer, and while I haven't seen any of his work in that field before this it already spews out in Walkabout. Every single shot encompasses the natural beauty of the Australian outback in its vivid glory. Working with simplistic, yet masterfully framed composition. There isn't a single moment in this movie that doesn't suck you right in with the incredible visuals it churns out.
There's a certain emotional detachment it presents with the characters. Following the unnamed girl (Jenny Agutter) and…
Nicolas Roeg's outback bummer is visually arresting and unlike anything I've ever seen.
This is a very poetic, very moving film. It's beautifully photographed coming of age story directed by Nicholas Roeg, with terrific performances from the very young Jenny Agutter and David Gulpilil. I haven't seen anyone capture nature in the way Nicholas Roeg does in this movie except maybe in Malick's Days of Heaven. Also of note is the score to this movie by John Barry, famous for Out of Africa and some of the earlier James Bond films, it really captures the majesty of the Australian Outback.
The one problem I did have with this movie is that the sound quality is not the greatest when Luc Roeg speaks his dialogue and it can be a little hard to understand…
Nicolas Roeg's hypnotic and enthralling masterpiece, Walkabout, is a testament to the power of visual storytelling whilst also a deeply moving work of art. It's a film with so much to say about modern civilization it's overwhelming at first. But after digesting the material and letting it sit in my mind for two days; I can proudly say this film is nothing short of incredible.
It was Nicolas Roeg's first solo directorial debut, (a quite impressive one at that), and it is a beautifully filmed movie, one that perfectly captures the elegance yet danger and brutality of nature. It's story is basic - following two children lost in the australian out backs of the wild coming a cross an Aboriginal…
The use of the environment is phenomenal, the joyful freedom in some scenes left me elated, more directors need to shoot their films
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